Elusive remains in Matron hunt

first_img The Lady Cecil-trained Chigun is the only other British-based filly or mare among 15 left in the one-mile feature at the confirmation stage. There is a French possible in Alex Pantall’s Kenhope, who was third behind Elusive Kate in the Prix Rothschild. Say, winner of the Group Three Dance Design Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, is one of three remaining entries from the Aidan O’Brien stable, along with Just Pretending and Magical Dream. Others in the mix include Caponata, Lily’s Angel and Scintillula, while Eddie Lynam’s Viztoria holds an alternative engagement in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on the same day. There was one supplementary entry, the Willie McCreery-trained Fiesolana, winner of the Group Three Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary recently. Press Association Elusive Kate may try to bounce back from defeat in the Prix Jacques le Marois by going for the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.center_img John Gosden’s four-times Group One winner had earlier struck at Deauville in the Prix Rothschild for the second year running after taking the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket’s July meeting. Plans for the daughter of Elusive Quality have, however, yet to be firmed up. Patrick Barbe, racing manager for her owner Teruya Yoshida, said: “I have not spoken to Mr Gosden (about running plans). I think it will be a last-minute decision.” last_img read more

Induction for Senators-Elect Today

first_imgThe Liberian Senate will hold a special session today, Wednesday, for the induction ceremony of Senators elected in the first special senatorial elections since the coming into being of the 1986 Constitution.The ceremony, which should have been held yesterday in accordance with the Senate Rules, was postponed for today following a motion by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee and approved by plenary. The Secretary was requested to inform the Senators-elect about the change of time.While the current 15 Senators were deliberating in chambers, the newly elected Senators were reclining in the air conditioned Cletus Wotorson Cafeteria awaiting news about their induction.Some Senators argued that instead of today, the Senators be given sufficient time to prepare and be inducted on Thursday, which is one of the regular session days.  Earlier, the Senate Committee on Rules, Order &Administration as requested Monday after the Senators-elect presented their certificates to the Secretary of the Senate, informed the plenary that the certificates and credentials were well screened and reviewed, and found to be authentic. The Senate Committee, therefore, requested that the Senators be inducted in keeping with the Senate Rule.In the absence of a Pro Tempore proper, the Secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, will perform the induction ceremony which takes place at 11 a.m. in the Chamber of the Senate. Those to be inducted include: George Manneh Weah, (Montserrado); Jonathan L. Kaipay, (Grand Bassa), J. Milton Teahjay, (Sinoe), Gbleh-bo J. Brown, (Maryland), Jewel Howard C. Taylor (Ranking Senator, Bong) and Prince Yormie Johnson (Ranking Senator, Nimba).Also taking office today are: Marshall A. Dennis, (Grand Gedeh), Stephen J.H. Zargo, (Lofa), Francis S. Paye, (River Cess), Albert T. Chie, (Grand Kru), Conmany B. Wesseh, (River Gee) and Daniel Flomo Naatehn, Sr., (Gbarpolu).Senators-elect Varney Nabie G. Sherman (Grand Cape Mount), Morris Saytumah (Bomi) and James Tornollah, (Margibi) County will not be part of the ceremony due to separate injunctions filed against them with the Supreme Court.Today’s ceremony is not only the first of its kind since the 1986 Constitution came into existence, but also the first time in Africa in recent memory that a former world football icon is elected to one of the highest national leadership posts such as the Senate.As they did during the official opening ceremonies of the Legislature Monday, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) die-hards are expected to turn out in their thousands on the grounds of the Capitol Building in solidarity with their political leader, George Manneh Weah, as he becomes Senator proper.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Confident Groves squares up to Froch

first_imgGeorge Groves has insisted he will upset the odds and become world champion by dethroning Carl Froch when they clash in Manchester on 23 November.Tickets for the super-middleweight showdown at the 20,000-capacity Phones4U Arena sold out within 11 minutes of going on sale.Hammersmith’s unbeaten Commonwealth champion, 25, will be the underdog against the vastly experienced Froch – 11 years his senior.But Groves was in typically confident mood when the pair went face-to-face at a press conference on Tuesday.“It’s going to be a very exciting fight and I’m not surprised it has sold out,” said Groves.“This is going to be one of the biggest fights we’re going to see in the next few years.“This is my time, 100%. I can’t wait to get in there and show everyone that although I’m probably the underdog this is a fight I’m more than ready for and I’m going to be world champion.”Champion Froch has accused the challenger of showing a lack of respect and was also angry that Groves helped Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler prepare for his fight with the Nottingham man this year.Froch, who avenged a defeat against Kessler by winning that rematch, holds the WBA and IBF belts and believes he will retain them in emphatic style.“I’m in a totally different league to George Groves,” he claimed.“He’s not mixed at this level in his whole career. I need to do the business against this young pretender and do it in style.“I can’t see this fight going the distance. At some stage George Groves is going to have to stand in front of me and fight for survival.”See also:Groves and Froch meet face-to-face ahead of title showdownFroch predicts one-sided title defence against ‘young pretender’ GrovesGroves: Champion Froch is not as good as he thinks he 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Microsoft YouTube App Is A Rule Breaker; It Strips Ads, Downloads Video

first_imgMicrosoft appears to be sticking a finger in Google’s eye with the launch of its new YouTube app for Windows Phone. The app, ReadWrite has confirmed, strips out YouTube ads when it plays back videos and allows users to easily download video by way of a prominent “download” button.Both behaviors violate the cardinal rules YouTube imposes on developers who use its service. To get around those restrictions, it appears that Microsoft reverse-engineered some portion of the software used to access YouTube’s basic functions, which are generally known as application programming interfaces, or APIs. If so, that could mean Microsoft can do just about whatever it wants with its YouTube app.Google had previously declined to build a YouTube or any other Google apps for Windows Phone 8, citing the lack of users on the platform.To get an official YouTube app on Windows Phone, Microsoft decided to circumvent Google and just build the app itself. YouTube’s restrictions, found in section II of its terms of service, are fairly explicit:Your API Client will not, and You will not encourage or create functionality for Your users or other third parties to:[…]7. modify, replace, interfere with or block advertisements placed by YouTube in the YouTube Data, YouTube audiovisual content, or the YouTube player;[…]11. store copies of YouTube audiovisual content;In a variety of tests, ReadWrite found that the Microsoft YouTube app indeed appears to be stripping pre-roll ads from videos that would normally appear. Ads appear on both this video from BuzzFeed on the Web and Android as well as this video from popular YouTuber Jenna Marbles. Neither of the videos had pre-roll ads when viewed via the Microsoft app.As for downloading, that’s fairly easy to spot in Microsoft’s YouTube app — there’s an entire button dedicated to it. See the screenshots below. dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Microsoft admitted to Neowin.net, a technology website that focuses on Microsoft, Apple and Linux news, that it had re-architected some of YouTube’s APIs to get the app to work. A Microsoft PR rep confirmed the statement below and offered no further comment:Windows Phone invested additional engineering resources against existing APIs to re-architect a Windows Phone app that delivers a great YouTube experience, including support for unique Windows Phone 8 features such as Live Tiles and Kids Corner. Microsoft did not receive any additional technical support to create the Windows Phone YouTube app.Neither Microsoft nor YouTube had responded to requests for further comment as of this morning. We’ll update the story when and if we hear back.This wouldn’t be the first time that Microsoft has reversed-engineered Google. In February 2011, Google caught Microsoft’s Bing search engine copying Google search results. Google had set up a “honeypot” trap to catch Microsoft in the act. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Google#Microsoft#YouTube last_img read more

10 months agoMan City whiz Sane: Sterling in career best form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City whiz Sane: Sterling in career best formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City whiz Leroy Sane says Raheem Sterling must be close to career best form.Sterling already has nine Premier League goals and six assists to his name this season and signed a new deal in November to keep him at the club until 2023.Sane said, “Of course, it’s always important if you have good people around you – good friends. You can trust them also and obviously, it’s very important for our team.“He’s scored a lot of goals and helps us a lot in every way and he’s just a really good guy – a humble guy.”He is also really hungry and motivated to improve in his own game – to achieve something: his own targets.“This is what it’s like to push him to get better and if it goes like this every year, I think soon he can also be one of the best players.” last_img read more

5 days agoWoodward: What Man Utd want in a player…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: What Man Utd want in a player…by Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVice-chairman Ed Woodward has set out the prototype of a Manchester United player.Woodward believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be a “walking, talking” version of the club’s philosophy. He told United We Stand fanzine, “Winning; playing attacking football with players that have an ‘x-factor’; and giving youth a chance.”Added to that, we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured. As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back.”Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.” last_img read more

EU UK inch closer to a deal as Brexit hangs in the

first_imgBRUSSELS — Britain and the European Union appeared to be inching toward agreement on Brexit on Monday, but British Prime Minister Theresa May faced intensifying pressure from her divided Conservative government that could yet scuttle a deal.Britain leaves the EU on March 29 — the first country ever to do so — but a deal must be sealed in the coming weeks to leave enough time for the U.K. and European Parliaments to sign off. May faces increasing domestic pressure over her proposals for an agreement following the resignation of another government minister last week.The British leader had been hoping to present a draft deal to her Cabinet this week. But no Brexit breakthrough was announced Monday after talks between European affairs ministers. The two sides are locked in technical negotiations to try to bridge the final gaps in a move laden with heavy political and economic consequences.May said talks were in their “endgame” but that negotiating a divorce agreement after more than four decades of British EU membership was “immensely difficult.”May told an audience at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London that “we are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, which are significant.“Both sides want to reach an agreement,” May said, though she added she wouldn’t sign up to “agreement at any cost.”The main obstacle to a deal is how to keep goods flowing smoothly across the border between EU country Ireland and Northern Ireland in the U.K.Both sides have committed to avoid a hard border with costly and time-consuming checks that would hamper business. Any new customs posts on the border could also re-ignite lingering sectarian tensions. But Britain and the EU haven’t agreed on how to achieve that goal.“Clearly this is a very important week for Brexit negotiations,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told reporters after the meeting in Brussels. “The two negotiating teams have really intensified their engagement … There is still clearly work to do.”And Martin Callanan, a minister in Britain’s Brexit department, said all involved were “straining every sinew to make sure that we get a deal but we have to get a deal that is right for the U.K., right for the EU and one that would be acceptable to the U.K. Parliament.”EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier didn’t speak to reporters Monday and a planned news conference with him was cancelled.Instead, EU headquarters issued a short statement saying that Barnier explained to the ministers that “intense negotiating efforts continue, but an agreement has not been reached yet.”Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the two sides “are getting closer to each other.”“But in negotiations there is only a deal if there is full agreement,” Blok said. “There is only a 100-per cent deal. There is not a 90-per cent deal or a 95-per cent deal.”Earlier, France’s EU affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, stepped up pressure on May. “The ball is in the British court. It is a question of a British political decision,” she said.The EU is awaiting Barnier’s signal as to whether sufficient progress has been made to call an EU summit to seal a deal.Rumours have swirled of a possible top-level meeting at the end of November. But Austrian EU affairs minister Gernot Bluemel, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said “so far progress is not sufficient to call in and set up another (summit).”In recent days there have been signs of progress behind the scenes, but all parties have remained tight-lipped about the developments, given the politically charged atmosphere.In Britain, pro-Brexit and pro-EU politicians alike warned May that the deal she seeks is likely to be shot down by Parliament.Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexit supporter, wrote in a column for Monday’s Daily Telegraph that May’s plan to adhere closely to EU regulations in return for a trade deal and an open Irish border amounts to “total surrender” to the bloc.The proposed terms are scarcely more popular with advocates of continued EU membership.Former Education Secretary Justine Greening on Monday called May’s proposals the “worst of all worlds,” and said the public should be allowed to vote on Britain’s departure again.“We should be planning as to how we can put this final say on Brexit in the hands of the British people,” Greening told the BBC.Johnson’s younger brother, Jo Johnson, resigned last week backing calls for a second referendum on whether the country should leave the EU. May has consistently rejected the idea of another nationwide vote on Brexit.___Jill Lawless reported from London.Lorne Cook And Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Towards constructive targets

first_imgThe university recently declared a war on black carbon through a decision to ban fuel-burning vehicles in the campus. The decision has gone down well with most university staff and students. But some have started citing ridiculous reasons for removing the ban. Late on Wednesday evening, a friend from Kashmir University (KU) sent me some photos which he had taken near the university’s iconic Iqbal Library. He wanted to show me how serene the KU campus looks these days without cars honking and whizzing around — and parked on roadsides in the campus following a recent decision by the KU administration to keep the campus free of diesel and petrol-propelled vehicles. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe photos looked soothing to the eyes and depicted an atmosphere of picture-perfect peace and tranquility, with students and academics walking in little groups of three, four or more in the campus. After all, when it comes to natural beauty and the charms of a university campus, KU can arguably take the crown, at least in South Asia. But oddly enough, some elements in the university , many of whom are academics, have started building pressure on the administration to remove this ban which aimed to make the campus healthier. For example, one staff member has raised questions about health emergencies, inter-departmental visits and offering prayers at the iconic Hazratbal shrine. All of these reasons do not hold water, considering that the university already has some electric cars and plans to buy more electric cars and e-rickshaws as part of its green mission even though the entire campus is just 1.06 square kilometres in area with a pretty good tree cover and comforting and restful gardens like Naseem Bagh. The Hazratbal shrine is just outside the main gate of the university. Also Read – The future is here!The ban was initially implemented for five days and was continued later as demanded by KUTA (Kashmir University Teachers Association). The association, as mentioned in the communication among KUTA members cited above, is in touch with the administration for making some more alternative arrangements in view of the continuation of the ban. Shakil Romshoo, who heads the Earth Sciences Department and is a strong proponent of the ban, wrote in response to the same post: “The movement and number of vehicles had increased a lot within the campus; and in absence of the regulation, it was going to get worse in future. All of us are enjoying the serene ambience of the campus since the ban was implemented. We need to be patient and support the initiative keeping in view the tremendous benefits of a vehicle-free campus.” He also cited the parking mess in front of each of the departments in support of his argument. Why KU needs to set an example In Kashmir, the government is struggling to cope with the proliferation of vehicles, for which lack of viable public transport is partly responsible. But in recent years, a growing middle-class has resulted in more vehicles on the roads. Thus, the number of vehicles has sharply increased. Bumper-to-bumper traffic on Srinagar’s roads are a common sight, especially in summers. The number of vehicles on the roads has doubled from over 7 lakh in 2010 to over 14 lakh (14, 881,90) in March 2017, as per the J&K Transport Commissioner’s office, foregrounding the need for better public transport. Widening of roads for accommodating additional vehicles and addressing traffic jams is the most common solution, which seems obvious to many people and policy-makers. But there is a fundamental problem with this idea as it involves more concretisation of land at the cost of the green area. Plus, many experts have argued that the widening of roads never addresses the problem as it encourages people to drive more miles and thus bring more cars on the roads. KU’s decision to ban vehicles inside the campus can set an example about why people should not become dependent on personal cars. The government can also take a leaf from KU’s decision and can improve public transport besides buying more electric buses in addition of the four buses it has got last month. The growing pollution in Srinagar is also a big concern and increasing traffic is one of the contributors to it. Romshoo, who was part of a study on growing pollution in Srinagar city, said that air quality of the Kashmir valley deteriorates significantly during autumn, with the level of PM2.5 touching 350 μg/m3 against the national permissible limit of 60 μg/m3. Romshoo said that vehicular traffic and biomass burning (burning of leaves and twigs for making charcoal) is also the main source of black carbon, which, he said, causes rapid melting of glaciers. “Average Black Carbon at Srinagar is the highest among all the observed high-altitude Himalayan sites,” he said while quoting from the study. Also, two years ago, the state government placed a ban on the burning of leaves iby ssuing circulars to various departments for its strict implementation. “With the onset of autumn, thick plumes of smoke rise up in different parts of the valley because of the open burning of abscised leaves, willow and poplar twigs releasing large amounts of air-borne particles (PM 2.5 and PM 10 which are particulate matter less than 2.5 microns and 10 microns) which include fine bits of dust, soot, harmful particles and toxic gases aggravating air pollution,” read the government order issued from the chief minister’s office. But this ban is affecting only the poor people who rely on burning of leaves and twigs for their livelihood. Why shouldn’t the middle class share the responsibility? KU has done well to bring the middle class under the polluters’ bracket! (Athar Parvaiz is an award-winning journalist based in Srinagar. He has extensively written on environment and climate change in recent years. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Ohio State confident in JT Barrett after losing Braxton Miller to injury

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen a team loses its best player, not many expect the days following to be very positive.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said that was not the case following the news that senior quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entirety of the 2014 season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday.“It would be hard to say it wasn’t — maybe the best practice we’ve had since our staff has come to Ohio State,” Meyer said Wednesday. “High energy, especially for practice 20. Really impressed.”On Saturday, Meyer announced redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett had earned a slight edge on redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones for the backup quarterback position. With Miller out for the year, Barrett will likely be thrust into the starting role, something in which Meyer said he is confident.“J.T. had about 300 competitive throws this fall, where when (former OSU quarterback) Kenny Guiton went into the game a couple years ago, I think he had six,” Meyer said. “He (Barrett) is a meticulous guy.”Meyer was not shy about comparing Barrett to Guiton, going as far as calling Barrett “Guiton-ish.”Senior cornerback Doran Grant also said he sees similarities between Barrett and Guiton.“J.T. does what KG does. He has had a lot of competitive reps this fall and has been looking pretty good,” Grant said. “They call him ‘The Distributor’ — that’s a good name for him because he is doing what he has to do.”Meyer said he also believes that Barrett’s ability to spread the ball around to the rest of the offense is one of his best skills.“Some of the best quarterbacks are great distributors,” Meyer said. “I thought Kenny Guiton was one of the best I have been around as far as getting the ball out rather quickly and distributing to playmakers…my initial evaluation of J.T. is that he is very good at that.”Grant said he has been impressed with not only Barrett’s play but also his leadership on the team.“I don’t think a lot of guys know this, but he (Barrett) was a part of the leadership committee as a true freshman,” Grant said. “He was the third or fourth quarterback on the depth chart (last season)…he just has those leadership qualities, and that has shown on the field.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman echoed Grant’s comments on Barrett and said the young quarterback has other positive qualities to bring to the table as well.“He is a great leader. He is super smart, he’s a hard worker and I think that was the case before this happened,” Heuerman said. “He handles his business and does everything right, and we have full confidence in him and full trust.“We’re behind him 100 percent.”Although the discussion was almost solely focused on Barrett and Miller, Meyer said he will still consider playing both Barrett and Jones week one against Navy.Meyer said both Barrett and Jones have positive qualities to their game.“J.T. has a pretty good release, and he has a good skill level. Cardale has got just a cannon,” Meyer said.Despite the confidence in Barrett, the loss of Miller still was not easy to take at first, Heuerman said.“I was with him when his shoulder was out of place, and I had never seen him like that,” Heuerman said. “He was in pain. So we kind of knew right away that it wasn’t going to be good.”Heuerman said that although Miller is lost for the year, he is confident that the Buckeyes will be fine with Barrett when surrounded by playmakers.“We got a lot of playmakers, and we are going to have to rely on them a lot to make plays,” Heuerman said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against Navy. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States matchup against Virginia Tech

Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) blocks for redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during a game against Navy Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team’s season-opening 34-17 win against Navy was a tale of two halves.The Midshipmen led, 7-6, at halftime — which certainly taught us all a lot about this year’s Buckeyes. The comeback run in the second half might have taught us even more, but there will be much more to watch for when the Buckeyes take the field next.The Lantern’s sports editors picked five keys to OSU’s matchup with the Hokies that could decide whether the team moves to 2-0 or suffers an early-season loss.1. J.T. Barrett round twoTo be completely honest, redshirt-freshman quarterback Barrett did as well as can be expected for his first career game. The man had not taken a competitive snap since his senior year of high school — when he tore his ACL — and still threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns.Barrett wasn’t Braxton Miller last week, and he won’t emulate the injured senior quarterback against the Hokies either. But that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes are out of luck.If you’re looking for ankle-breaking running ability or a cannon for a right arm, Miller is still your guy. But Barrett was smoothly efficient and deceptively productive in his first start. After leading the Buckeyes with 50 rushing yards and going 12 of 15 on pass attempts with just one interception, look for the offense to open up for Barrett going forward.2. Will Bud Foster’s defense shut down Buckeye offense?Ever since defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s arrival in Blacksburg, Va., the Hokies have been a model of consistency on defense.Despite losing, 35-10, to then-defending national champion Alabama last season, the Hokie defense held the Crimson Tide to just 206 yards of total offense, including just 110 passing.As Barrett enters his second start, Foster’s ability to dial up confusing blitzes will prove a tough challenge for not only for the quarterback, but also a young and inexperienced offensive line.The Buckeyes only managed six first half points last week, which marked the first time OSU had been held without a first half touchdown since the 2011 Buckeyes were held to just three first half points against Illinois (a game in which they completed just one pass).A similar performance could very well mean the first home loss under coach Urban Meyer. 3. Which running back earned the carries?When Meyer released the team’s first depth chart of the season, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-senior Rod Smith and freshman Curtis Samuel were all listed as co-starters at running back.Against Navy, Elliott earned offensive player of the game honors by carrying the ball 12 times for 44 yards and a touchdown, but actually finished the game behind Barrett and Samuel in rushing yardage. Samuel had 45 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry while Smith carried the ball just twice, but impressed Meyer by holding a block for 11 seconds during a special teams play.According to the Buckeyes’ new depth chart released this week, all three are still co-starters at the position.With one full game out of the way, it’s hard to believe Meyer and his staff have not picked a true favorite at the position. If they have, look for that player to have a breakout game against the Hokies. If the coaching staff really hold all three in equal esteem, look for the running back carousel to continue all season long.4. Record crowd expectedOhio Stadium has been a landmark for college football since being built in 1922, and it is set to break another record Saturday night. With the final touches being made to a $13.7 million renovation project that added 2,600 seats as well as new lighting fixtures, OSU is expecting a crowd of more than 108,000, a number which would crush the current record of 106,102, set during an Oct. 6, 2012, game against Nebraska. The Buckeyes prevailed, 63-38, in that game. One of the expected 108,000 is believed to be Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who has made previous appearances at OSU football games against Texas in Austin (2006) and in Columbus last season against Wisconsin. If nothing else, the atmosphere, along with the world’s greatest athlete, should be a great recruiting pitch for Meyer and his coaching staff.5. Hokies represent last big test until late OctoberIf the past is any indication, Saturday’s game against the Hokies will be the biggest test the Buckeyes will face until traveling to Happy Valley in late October.OSU’s following games after Virginia Tech include matchups against Kent State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Rutgers. The only road game of those four comes against Maryland. Not exactly murderer’s row.If the Buckeyes have national championship hopes, they will need to impress the selection committee of the newly-installed College Football Playoff against the Hokies before playing what most believe is a mediocre schedule at best, until taking on Penn State on Oct. 25.OSU’s game against Virginia Tech is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more